Mike Pyle destroyed James Head to headline the prelims. | Jim Kemper/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images
Pyle (24-8-1, 7-3 UFC) finished it 1:55 into round two.
Head (9-3, 2-2 UFC) had his chance. He blitzed “Quicksand” with a straight left hand, a few knees and some standing elbows early in the fight. Pyle kept his cool against the cage, trapped Head in the clinch, softened him with a knee to the body and then fired the knee that essentially finished it. The 37-year-old Dresden, Tenn., native has stopped his last three opponents inside one round.
“I’m so stoked right now,” Pyle said. “I know it’s not showing on my face, but I’m overwhelmed with emotions.”
“We knew he had a right hand, but that was about it,” Bedford said. “I circled away from it and walked him to the right. Every time he quarter-turned, I dropped the straight right hand on him, and it worked.”
Vinicius (20-4-1, 1-1 UFC) failed to cope with his foe’s length and reach. Bedford scored with a takedown in the first round, avoided a guillotine choke and later wobbled the Brazilian with a stiff right hand. It was a harbinger for what was to come. In the second round, a right cross from Bedford dropped Vinicius to a squatting position against the cage. He followed with a kick to the body and finished it with a volley of right hands on the ground.
“I kept working my right and put him against the fence,” Bedford said. “I dropped that straight right hand and finished him. This is just the beginning.”
Pichel (7-1, 0-1 UFC) offered virtually no offense. His Russian counterpart closed the distance inside the first minute and delivered three belly-to-back suplexes, the last of which left a prone Pichel dazed and exposed on the mat. Khabilov then unleashed a series of left hands for the finish.
“Before I came here, my friend was asking me to throw a suplex, so I was preparing for that,” he said through an interpreter. “It’s elementary wrestling and sambo stuff. I just blocked his hand and threw on the suplex.”
“I’m ecstatic, he said. “This is a great early Christmas present. I love finishing the fight, especially with a submission.”
In his first outing as a welterweight, Catone (9-4, 3-4 UFC) dictated much of the action in the first round. He struck for a takedown, dodged an attempted kimura and cracked Waldburger with a stinging standing-to-ground right hand. In round two, the Texan answered. Waldburger dropped the former Ring of Combat champion with a short right hand, threatened him with an arm-in guillotine and then transitioned to the triangle choke. Soon after, Catone was out and Waldburger’s arm was raised.
“I tried to pull a guillotine, but his arm was inside and it just didn’t feel right, so I changed it to a triangle and tried to loosen him up with some elbows,” Waldburger said. “Once I got that arm across his throat, it put the pressure on him just right, and he was done.”
Duran (8-4-1, 1-2 UFC) never looked comfortable. Viana floored him twice before the knockout, first with a crisp left hook and again with an overhand right. With Duran still visibly dazed, Viana connected on the jaw and put the San Diego-based bantamweight down for good. Duran had never before been knocked out.
Takedowns and a heavy top game were Rio’s weapons of choice. He grounded Cofer in all three rounds, grinding him out with short elbows and punches. Rio (9-1, 1-0 UFC) struck for a takedown inside the first minute of round three, passed to side control and threatened with an armbar. Cofer defended well, assumed top position and went to work with his hands. However, Rio snatched another armbar, this time from the bottom and, after a brief struggle, forced the tapout.
Elliott survived an illegal knee from his opponent in the first round, and imposed his will throughout their 15-minute encounter. The 25-year-old Kansas native did his best work in round three, where he struck for multiple takedowns, floored Papazian (14-9, 0-3 UFC) with a body kick, threatened with chokes and left him battered and bloodied with punches and elbows from the top.view original article >>
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